Project Cars

Project Vehicross Part 9: Beefing Up the Brakes

by: David Zipf

I’m not going to bullshit here:  The Isuzu VehiCross’s brakes suck.  They are by far the worst part of the truck.  While Isuzu was kind enough to install four-wheel disc brakes all around, they are far too small to really pull down the 2-ton truck at speed.  Not long after we picked up out VX, we installed a set of EBC Greenstuff brake pads to try and help our brakes out.  They were a mild improvement over the original pads, but despite loving them on our old CR-V, they were not up to snuff in the VX and when we saw them getting low, we decided to do something about the whole mess.


Bringing the Heat: Under Control!

by Frank Ewald

With our first track day and Knox Mountain Hill Climb 2018 now behind us, we can say without question that the HeatShield Products and the Koyorad have absolutely increased the cooling capacity of the NX GTi-R on the track. Our benchmark temperatures were set last October on a cool and sunny day. The daytime high was 16°Celcius. The temperatures we checked on May 5 and it was a sunny day and the ambient temperature was 22°Celcius (that's about 72°Fahrenheit). The temperatures were checked after the car had been out for the second session and, as this was a CACC Time Attack event here at Mission's River's Edge Road Course, you can appreciate that the car was being pushed. Two weeks later the NX was at the 61st Annual Knox Mountain Hill Climb; the runs up the hill showed an amazing difference one year later. The extensive improvements to the cooling system absolutely worked.


Project DC2 Integra, Testing the Fluidampr Crank Pulley

By Mike Kojima

We have big plans for Project Integra B18C engine.  Instead of swapping to a K Series engine to make easy big power, we are going to build up the older but still noteworthy B Series engine that the car comes with. Something that is relatively easy due to this engines huge level of aftermarket support.


Project SC300 Road Racer: Part 17 - Get out there! Or not...

by Erik Jacobs

With the car idling and most of the core sensors configured, we needed to keep moving forward in our electronics configuration in order to get to a point where we could actually drive the car. Technically we could drive the car right now, but without a functional dashboard that wouldn't be a very good idea - it's kind of hard to drive with a laptop in your... lap.


Controlling the Heat: KoyoRad

by Frank Ewald

In the last article we discussed how HeatShield Products were being used to contain the heat. This article is looking at the installation of a Koyorad aluminum radiator. It is this author's perspective that the Koyorad radiator has long been viewed as one of the best rads available for the Nissan SR20. The installation in the NX GTi-R was quick and painless. Koyorad is a very well known radiator company that build incredible aluminum racing rads. This new rad is a key part of optimizing the cooling system. 


Project GT3RS Getting More Power With Dundon Motorsports Part 2

By Mike Kojima

The Porsche GT3 RS is a supercar with state of the art engineering in the powertrain department.  It has a naturally aspirated 6 cylinder flat 6 that pumps out an amazing 125 hp per liter.  The 9A1 engine has an 8800 rpm redline and a stratospheric 13:1 compression ratio which it somehow runs with on pump gas, even California's crappy 91 octane pee water, with the aid of direct injection.


WATCH: Easy and Effective R35 GT-R Aerodynamic Improvements!

Check out how we increased the downforce on our GT-R by 13% and reduced the drag coefficient all the way down to an amazing .25 with just a few simple bolt on parts. All CFD verified!


Project SC300 Road Racer: Part 16 - We have ignition!

by Erik Jacobs

In the last segment, we said that we had finished wiring everything, but that’s not quite true. There were just a couple of finishing touches to sort through and then we would be able to power up the chassis and start programming devices!


Controlling the Heat: HeatShield Products

by Frank Ewald

In the last article on the NX GTi-R there should have been no doubt in anyone's mind that the temperatures in the engine bay and the engine itself were bordering on the extreme. Temperatures that were under control in 30 minute track day sessions were now spiraling upwards. The larger turbo, the tighter clearances when the engine was built with forged parts, and the loss of the mystical factory manifold heat shield when I transported the NX across the country have all conspired against me.


Project R35 GT-R, Really Improving the Aero with Verus Engineering

By Mike Kojima

While its somewhat bulky looks are deceiving, the DBA R35 GT-R is one of the most aerodynamic cars currently in production with a Coefficient of drag of .26.  This puts in in the top 10 of production sedans with low drag coefficients. 


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